|Letters to the Editor
My best way to help you is written within the pages of T.A. If I were floating in abundance I would probably have you here with us and all you'd have to do is keep coming up with those same challenging ideas and help on the grounds while you'd be fully sheltered, fed and probably entertained. I'm not there yet but if it comes to that I'm sure you'd enjoy the opportunity. In the meantime I invite you to keep in touch. Who knows what the future holds?
From The Grand Barn I send you my best. Keep the light on!
— Peter; Vankleek Hill, Ontario
Peter Riden is the publisher and editor of The Affiliate and the owner of The Grand Barn. The address is 777 Barb Road, Vankleek Hill, Ontario, K0B 1R0, Canada. The e-mail address is Affiliat@the-grand-barn.com. The website is http://www.the-grand-barn.com.
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The following is a response to an excerpt from a letter from Elliot, of N. Merrick, New York, printed on page 3 of the January 1999 Frontiersman. The excerpt follows:
It has occurred to me that the separation of church and state that has been recently put into place by the government is to keep prayer out of school. This is just another step in the incremental increase in government control of our lives. Parents have allowed the government to educate their children to such an extent that the parents no longer take an interest in the curriculum of the schools. The children become what the government wants them to become. The government needs criminals to justify large police forces. The government needs drug dealers to justify the immense expenditures on the war on drugs. The government can create all the criminals and drug dealers it wants only if there is no prayer and no morals taught in school. Still have doubts? Why did they retain the "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the back of each note when they redesigned the Federal Reserve notes? Why does the government continue to retain chaplains? Is a prayer still said before each session of Congress? Why were the schools the only thing effected by this new separation of church and state?
— Sir James the Bold; Sacramento, California
It isn't possible to prevent children from praying in the government schools, if they want to pray. The sanction of the schools isn't a prerequisite to prayer, and it isn't necessary that there be an officially administered school prayer. If the children want to pray, then they can simply do it. God will hear them
Dear Sam -
The problem with US capitalism is that it's rigged. I think that I myself could be a very good capitalist (& a liberal & libertarian one) if it weren't. Given that the system is rigged, the Libertarian party's statements about campaign financing simply reinforce the rigged system. As for Don Cormier's & your ideas about campaign reform, they are excellent from a theoretical point of view, but how practical are they? I don't know. This is an area that is so corrupt that I wouldn't venture a guess as to what a practical improvement might be — & as we know, when practical solutions become impossible, collapse or revolution becomes inevitable. Anyway, it's clear that something has to be done.
While pollution is a major threat to the survival of the planet, I wonder if focusing on CO2 isn't merely a distraction from the much more serious toxins which are being dumped on the planet. Less toxic manufacturing & energy production are much more crucial than the dangers of CO2. Society needs to change direction politically, socially, economically. Under the current system, a sustainable future is practically impossible. With a change in attitude, geared toward clean technology & energy, CO2would be reduced along with the much more deadly toxic wastes. As for global warming, it's happened before. People move around a lot today. They could move inland over the course of decades. Small ocean life with short life spans can evolve fast enough to adapt to changes in the balance of the natural components of the ecosystem, such as mineral concentration in the ocean. It's the dumping of unnatural toxic wastes, & of the bodily wastes of millions of land dwelling humans into the ocean, which decimates ocean species. Man-produced global warming might be inconvenient to man, but as I say, it also happens naturally, & life would adapt to it. It's the unnatural human-produced toxins, including
|nuclear toxins, which are the more serious threat.
Toxins are dumped on Indian reservations, in minority neighborhoods, in
the Third World. This effects the lives & health of working class
populations, & it also effects natural species much more than CO2
does. On that path, eventually it will hit the upper classes as well.
But beyond all that, society must change, for the sake of a sustainable
future, & for the sake of a more human life. The insanity of
slavery called freedom, & planetary suicidal insanity, go hand in hand.
— Elliot; N. Merrick, New York
I printed my favorite suggestion for election reform in the November 1994 issue of the Frontiersman. The article is titled Loser's Game. Copies are available upon request.
Thank you for keeping me on your mailings. I find your pub. enlightening and refreshing. Keep up the good work!
— Robert; Mariposa, California
The handwriting of this note was a bit difficult to read. My apologies to Robert if I misread anything.
Dear Sam & Jan
.... There has been way too much regarding Kosovo, and it continues to amaze me that people do not have a "clue", even though the analogies are plain as the end of one's nose.... I just wish that those who know the "big picture" would speak out more, and start making a little bit of a "fuss" — ie: if other countries can have their freedom fighters, why can't we? Or isn't that truth of our total enslavement been documented?! It's all there on James Montgomery's disk.
— Eric; Tehachapi, California
A docile and unarmed population is a prescription for atrocities and attempted genocide. We would all be well advised to stay armed, however great the cost.
Global warming? Bullshit! I think that you've been bamboozled by this global warming techno-babble crap -- epecially the myth that the Kyoto Protocol will do something (anything?) substantial to "prevent" global warming. I highly recommend the website of the Citizens for a Sound Economy. They have some neat stuff on their website about some other important issues as well.
— Sanazay Bob; San Jose, California
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The Fantasy Machine: [February 1999]
You wrote, "...we can't get more energy out of a process than we put into it and that, in practice, we can't get that much." Energy is not lost or gained in any process. The energy may not be in a useful form, but it still exists. That does not invalidate your analogy as long as it is understood that the energy is not destroyed, only converted into something useless to the desired result. ... there is only one process where one hundred percent of the energy input into the process is gotten out of the process in the desired form. A heater. In most processes, heat is considered a useless byproduct. In a heater, it is the desired product. This leads me to ponder upon entropy. And, before you tell me that all this is irrelevant, consider your original statement that energy is lost. I believe you know better, but I enjoyed writing this. So as not to waste the effort I am sending it to you to enjoy, rage over, or ignore as you please.
Your argument is compelling, but I do not see the parallel to the analogy. The United States Dollar is a variable unit of exchange that is traded on the open currency exchange. Its value is determined by those that trade in the relative values of currencies. You will see the currency exchange rates if you ever watch the economic news broadcasts.
Drug War Suggestion: [February 1999]
Where would one be able to acquire the seed and who would be wealthy enough to afford the capital to invest in such a scheme with no hope for financial gain?
— Sir James the Bold; Sacramento, California
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
What's the best age for a woman to get married?
— Getting Older
Dear Getting Older
About 9 months younger than she was when she had her first child.
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